[Haskell-cafe] Re: Use of abbreviations in Haskell
barsoap at web.de
Fri Jan 2 15:04:27 EST 2009
Colin Paul Adams <colin at colina.demon.co.uk> wrote:
> >>>>> "Achim" == Achim Schneider <barsoap at web.de> writes:
> Achim> OTOH, I don't like the idea of having to write "Attribute"
> Achim> all the time, and neither want to write pages of
> Achim> attrKey = Attribute.key
> Achim> for 1000-element records (or TH to tackle standard language
> Achim> problems, for that matter), so there has to be some way for
> Achim> library users to shorten code without being masochistic,
> Achim> somewhat like this:
> Achim> A = Attribute
> Nay, there's no tax on keystrokes.
> Code is far more often read than written.
Say, did you ever read Java and wondered why you have to continuously
scroll to the right albeit using a 500-column terminal?
Exceedingly long names are fine to organise a large library, but becomes
burdensome when code only uses a subset of it... which is usually the
_both_ in reading and writing. The longer identifiers are, the shorter
information distance between two related ones tends to be, as in
compare this with locally-defined aliases
Short notation isn't the problem, missing explanation of it is.
Currently, you can observe stuff like
data Abst -- raction
in my code. I don't mind making that a language feature for increased
Anyway, my code tends to get refactored more than being read or
written. I want to finish typing _before_ the next idea kicks in.
 This, as a side note, also tends to make me hate academics.
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